By: Willy Punvwet,
The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Mr. Ibrahim Addra has commended the Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), for uniting members in the state and seeks partnership with the NUJ.
The CPS gave this commendation on Monday, 27th July, 2020, in Lafia the state capital, during a familiarization visit to the State Executive Council (SEC) members of the NUJ at the Press Centre Lafia.
“The reason for this visit is to seek partnership with Journalists in the state, in providing adequate and objective coverage of the activities of the State Government for public consumption.” Mr. Addra stated.
According to Mr. Addra, his principal, (the State Executive Governor) has already demonstrated goodwill to work with Journalists in the state by appointing some of them into key positions in the administration.
The CPS has assured journalists in the state that, he would operate an open door policy, where all Journalists would have free and direct access to him on any clarification that would help them in doing their job.
Mr. Addra, admonish journalists to always adhere to the ethics of the profession by always been objective and ensure they balance their reports in the overall interest of the state and the country at large.
According to him, “As watchdogs of the society, Journalists can criticize the government, but it should be constructive, truthful, and factual, with the view of influencing the government to perform better.”
He went further to appreciate the Executives of the NUJ concerning the role they played in uniting members of the State’s Correspondents’ Chapel.
“The steps taken by NUJ towards uniting the members of the Correspondents’ Chapel, is commendable and should be sustained to ensure that journalists are truly united in the interest of the profession.” He sated.
Responding, NUJ Chairman in the state, Journalist Salihu Alkali, thanked the CPS for the visit and assured him of the total support of Journalists in the state towards projecting the activities of government.
“We believe in partnership for the overall development of the state and we want to assure you and the state government that we will work hard in line with our professional ethics to project the activities of the state government”, Alkali said.
The NUJ Chairman also appealed to the CPS to always carry Journalists along and support them where necessary to enable them carry out their duties efficiently.
“We have a lot of needs at the Press Centre ranging from welfare issues, lack of electricity, security at the centre, needs for training and retaining of members among others and we want the government to assist”, the Chairman appealed.